Jurnee Smollett Bell's Graphic Glitter Shadow at the Birds of Prey World Premiere in London
There were a lot of feathers at the Birds or Prey World premiere in London — and I'm not trying to be cheeky or make puns. For the film's press tour, the cast seems to be taking the title of the movie and using it as inspiration for their fashion choices, whether that means a feather trim on a skirt, or a hint of ostrich plumes peeking out from under a peplum. In the case of actor Jurnee Smollett-Bell, however, the avian inspiration has also extended into her beauty looks, says New York City-based makeup artist Vincent Oquendo, who spilled the details to POPSUGAR about the glittering gunmetal winged shadow he created for her for the world premiere.
"Everything has been a nod to 'birds of prey' and all about feather-inspired textures and colours. For example, the other day I gave Jurnee a canary yellow eye," says Oquendo. "For the world premiere, however, I wanted to also add a nod to badass musicians like Joan Jett and Nina Simone, who were both rebels of their times. When you see the film, you'll see that Jurnee's character is such a badass, and I wanted to try and make a similar statement with the makeup," Oquendo adds, explaining how, before the press tour, he created mood boards featuring both musicians, with Jett's signature eye makeup being a focal point. "Joan Jett & the Blackhearts — that's the ultimate rebel, and she was the queen of the dark eye," says Oquendo.
Oquendo also chose such a bold, graphic eye look for practical reasons. "Jurnee has such beautiful eyes that when you do a big eye makeup look, it makes her eye shine and really stand out. It's magic." Keep reading to discover exactly how Oquendo made that makeup magic happen.